Observator - The Raveonettes
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  • Summary: The sixth album for the Danish duo was produced by Richard Gottehrer and singer Sune Rose Wagner.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
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  1. The influence of Chairlift, Warpaint, Alt-J and The xx all subliminally creep into adorable but chilling laments on dying young and wrecked romances.
  2. Sep 7, 2012
    80
    Charming, dexterous and completely compelling. [Oct 2012, p.108]
  3. Sep 12, 2012
    78
    As if the Everly Brothers channeled Norma Desmond, Observator is the sweet sound of summertime sadness.
  4. Sep 7, 2012
    70
    While Observator may be no step forward, it is affirmation of a great formula.
  5. Oct 4, 2012
    70
    The music is starting to shift into a sort of Hipster Triple-A agreeability that robs it somewhat of the flavor that made the Raveonvettes so distinct, but suggests a maturity taking hold. [No.91 p.60]
  6. Sep 17, 2012
    60
    It's a righting of the ship back to the quality control we've come to expect from the Raveonettes but nevertheless still an accomplished retread of a formula, nothing more.
  7. Sep 10, 2012
    50
    While the album may improve on its predecessor, Observator still finds the Raveonettes engaging in far too many self-indulgent habits: They've left Hot Topic, but they don't seem to know where they're headed next.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Sep 11, 2012
    9
    This is thoroughly enjoyable. Different feel from past Ravies albums. Much more layers with the guitars and different sound. Unmistakable. Loving it. Expand
  2. Sep 12, 2012
    9
    Unfamiliar with the Raveonettes, I gave this album a try and was struck by their dreamy sound from beginning to end. It sounds like a lo-fi production for todays standards, but this only helps the overall sounds. The vocals echo harmoniously with the noisy guitars and this never gets tiresome throughout the album. Very nice album! Expand